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Parkinson's Disease

If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease you are not alone. Parkinson's disease affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 60 and there are approximately 8,400 people in the Maritimes living with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease causes problems with movement and coordination. People can experience tremor, muscle stiffness, slowness of movement, feeling off balance plus many other symptoms. Parkinson's disease will slowly worsen overtime. So what can you do about it?

  • First, see a doctor and make a plan on how to manage your disease. Take medications to control your symptoms as directed.

  • Secondly, stay physically active and live a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a healthy diet and reducing stress.

  • And lastly, learn good coping strategies and maintain a positive attitude. Join support groups and involve family in your care to help you cope with this disease.

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